House Speaker John Boehner recently called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a "traitor," but former GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul, defended the whistleblower tonight and warned that Snowden might be killed by the United States with a drone (video below).
“I’m worried about somebody in our government who might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” Paul told Fox Business Network host Melissa Francis, noted Mediaite.com.
“We live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed," Paul said. "But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on, he is not defecting, there’s no signs of that happening. It’s a shame we’re in an age where people, who tell the truth about what the government is doing, get into trouble.”.
"We have a CIA agent in prison today because he told us there was torture going on in Guantanamo, " Paul said, in reference to John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in jail in January.
Francis seemly genuinely skeptical that Snowden would not sell U.S. secrets to Russia, even though he just gave the NSA documents to The Guardian for free.
Paul then pointed out the obvious: “He wouldn't be doing it this way. He wouldn't make himself vulnerable. I don’t think for a minute that he is a traitor. Everybody is worried about him and what they’re going to do and how they will convict him of treason and how they’re going to kill him, but what about the people who destroy our Constitution?"
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Francis asked Paul what he thought about a recent Pew Research-Washington Post poll that said 56 percent of Americans support the NSA spying on them.
“Yeah, but you pick and choose," Paul said. "There is some pretty good evidence that the American people are sick and tired of this overreach. Yes, the propaganda is out there that if you’re not for NSA spying on people, then you’re un-American, you’re unpatriotic, you hate America.”